Applying to College
Part 2, Applying To College presents an overview of the whole application process during the Junior or Senior year. This will include visiting schools, the application process, testing, and financial aid. A work sheet assists students to organize their personal essay and students can find more general tips on writing essays in Mastering Study Skills. All students should:
- Summarize their successes and achievements to date on the
work sheets and use this information to identify a possible major.
- Set important life goals by visualizing possible future
life and career choices. Dream an exciting future to set inspiring goals.
- Build a resume to give to teachers so they have complete
information when they write letters of recommendation. Also use the resume
to write personal essays and summer job applications.
- Gather data about colleges and universities and examine
the reasons, or criteria, why a particular college situation might be best.
- Find catalogs and videos on specific schools in the high
school counseling office or school library, or public library. Use the Bibliography
in this book and the web site to explore the internet to find further information
about colleges and universities.
- Make a selection of three to five schools by using the
school choice work sheet. Fill out the application forms accurately and on
Plan to choose the appropriate tests. Check in the prospective
college catalogs to see if they require or accept the Scholastic Aptitude Tests
(SAT), the ACT and the Advanced Placement Tests (AP). Advice on how to take
notes and study for tests is given in Mastering Study Skills. Use the Test Taking
tips to help you score your best when you take the
Finally, explore all options for financial aid, including
free money from scholarships and grants, work-study programs, and loans, which
must be repaid. All this assistance is available from many sources, including
the federal government, state, local high school, civic and business groups,
and prospective colleges and universities